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Looking for a recommended local builder? Whatever you may need, from a staircase to a swimming pool or a garage to a garden fence, an approved Plentific builder can get it done! Simply post your job to receive custom quotes from top local builders near you.

Featured Pros for Builder

Our vision is to make it fast, easy and safe to get quotes when you need help. We'll introduce you to professionals who are ready to help.
C Patching Services Ltd
Builder in Halstead, TN14 7HQ
Ealing Home Improvements Ltd
Builder in London, N1 7GU
Renovation Pro Ltd.
Builder in London, WC1N 3AX
Millennium Interior Designers (Full Property Renovation Design & Build Developers)
Builder in London, SE18 1RP
We Fix And Upkeep
Builder in London, CR4 4EG
Ian D'Souza Roofing & Building
Builder in Streatham, SW16 5HR
A To Z Construct And Build Ltd
Builder in London, SW6 5AD
Mike Building Ltd
Builder in Norwich, NR3 3LA
Pro Build
Builder in London, SE5 8PL
Cd Homeinprovements
Builder in Woking, GU23 6NE
Home Counties Design And Build Ltd
Builder in Virginia Water, GU25 4SZ
Timberland Carpenters
Builder in Chelmsford, CM3 2HH

Latest Builder Reviews

Twenty Fifteen Handyman Services
19 Sep 2017
Very efficient, pleasant and tenacious with a difficult job. Thank you
Steep Group
18 Sep 2017
Efficient service.
We Fix And Upkeep
16 Sep 2017
Plumber was prompt, and got te job done...... brilliant.....
Fulton Home Improvements
11 Sep 2017
Great turnaround, job done brilliantly. Did more than we asked him to do. Would recommend him and have him back again. Thank you!

Finding a local builder

Whether you are planning an extension or a completely new construction project, finding the right local builder can be a chore. Plentific’s database can generate a quick list for you of the best builders in your local area, each of which will have a Plentific profile where you can view their qualifications, past projects and customer reviews. Hire a Verified Pro and your investment will also be covered by the Plentific Guarantee, which will protect your project from start to finish.

What do you need to know about finding a local builder?

Before taking any action to hire a local builder, you should have a very clear idea of what your project involves. Is it a simple job or will it require more specialised skills? How large is it? You need to consider all of this before comparing your candidates. You will typically meet with a builder after you have spoken to an architect and obtained planning permission for your project. Consult with them and get a quote, making sure to get as many as you can to compare.

If you have been organising your project alongside an architect, or have worked with other tradespeople in the past, they will likely have a local builder they can recommend to you. Regardless, be sure to do a background check on your candidates before making a final decision. Part of this should involve reading through customer reviews, and you can even ask to see examples of a builder's previous work. There are also a number of professional organisations that builders can join, such as the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB). These groups will have strict codes of context and standards for their members.

Particularly when discussing larger projects it is important to ask for a price breakdown. Smaller firms may need to bring in additional workers. Ask your choices whether they sub-contract certain aspects of the job, and if bringing in additional workers this way will affect your price. Will you have to pay more if the job requires certain materials, and what options do you have if you go over budget?

Your final choice should have solid guarantees and insurance policies. They should have a public liability insurance certificate, as well as policies relating to accidental damage. If there is an issue with their work, or if you are not satisfied with the end result, will they return and fix it? You should be able to get this in writing; especially with larger, long term jobs be sure to get a contract written up. Before hiring a local builder you should also check your own home and contents insurance, as this may be affected by building work.

An experienced professional should be able to quickly provide all of this information. If they cannot or are hesitant to do so, it would be better to continue your search.

What does a builder do?

A builder is a contractor who can bring an entire construction project together. They can advise you at different stages, liaise with and manage other tradespeople, acquire materials and help you with planning permission. You may also hire a builder to oversee extensions, renovations or alterations. As well as having on-site skills, a builder will also have organisational capabilities that will help bring your project to fruition.

How much does it cost to hire a local builder?

The cost of hiring a local builder depends on the size and nature of the project. A smaller job where you can provide the materials yourself would have a relatively small cost. Larger jobs will require more planning and larger teams, and it is important to have a clear budget in place. There is no set payment structure for builders. Certain firms may have a daily rate, a fixed fee based on your project or a percentage cost relating to the value of the structure. A good thing to remember for larger projects is to see if you can arrange to pay in instalments. This will give you the freedom to scrutinise the project as you go along, and in the event that the end result is unsatisfactory you may wish to withhold the final payment. You should never hire a builder based on an ‘estimate’ they give you; discuss the project with them and get a fixed rate. If a builder expects to be paid in full up front, it may be smart to look elsewhere.

Latest Builder Jobs Posted

Raymond
Looking to clear, demolition a old pantry, level and add footings to an area of 6m x 3m to later
put a 3m x 3.25m conservatory on. This would include re-arranging some of the external waste and water pipes, repairing some loose rendering and re-fixing a part timber roof 3m x 4m.
James
1- Removal of load bearing wall and attached cupboards and installation of RSJ (c2900ml - drawings and calcs will be
provided by structural engineer. 2 - Removal of current front doorway and brick up the hole. 3 - Make good both areas ready for painting (painting not included in this scheme of works) Note - there is no radiator or pipes on the wall to be removed, there are some electrical sockets - these can be left in a safe fashion ready for electrician. Please provide a detailed breakdown of the quote into component parts. I have stated start date within a month - the sooner the better though.
Mehdi H.
Hi. It's a 3 bedroom house. 1930s built. Needs lot of work. As following. Work Skimming of the walls and ceiling
Replace the floor skutting Painting of the wall. You will provide everything. I will choose the colour of the paint. Replace internal (total 8) and external doors ( total 2)including frame with locks. I will buy all the doors, frame and locks. Rest yours. installing toilet to the existing bathroom And tiles finish. And installing shower and basin to the existing w/c to make it complete bathroom and tiles finish. I will buy all the fittings and the tiles. Rest yours. Full refurbishment of kitchen - fitted + cupboards + tiles. I will buy the cupboards, fittings, appliances and tiles. Rest yours. Fire alarm installation. I will buy the fire alarm. Rewiring and installation of the consumer unit. Internalisation of all the cables Few more sockets and switches Ceiling lights I will buy the consumer unit, sockets, switches and lights. Rest including cables yours. Replacement of radiators (total 7) Replacement to combi boiler I will buy the radiators and boilers. Rest including pipes yours. Replacement of floors and Carpet fitting. I will buy the carpet. Rest yours
Chung
Mock Tudor style house, need to lower the ceiling to achieve roughly 2.1 m height, standard loft conversion with 3
dormers at the rear and 2 Velux at the roof, full bathroom. Already have drawings and have applied to the Council under permitted development. Wanted to start the building work at the beginning of June next month
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